UK urged to follow US in restricting arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Tory former defence minister, Labour and charities call for rethink over Yemen conflict

Britain is under increasing pressure to restrict arms sales to Saudi Arabia after Joe Biden said the US would no longer sell munitions that could be used in Riyadh’s “offensive operations” in Yemen.

Tobias Ellwood, the Conservative chair of the defence select committee, called on the government to “follow suit and rethink military sales”, seven months after the British government restarted them following a high-profile court defeat.

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